The Ukraine War: Getting Scarier Each Week

Meeting of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and President of the European Council Charles Michel in Kyiv, President.gov.ua, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

By John Berkowitz

After more than two years, the Ukraine War is at an inflection point. Or is the more accurate word a crisis point? A very dangerous one, and not just for Ukraine and Russia, but potentially for the world.

All eyes have been on Gaza, but while attention is focused elsewhere, Ukraine has been trying to take out Russia’s early-warning system to detect whether it is under nuclear attack. While the Russians continue to make steady military gains on the ground throughout eastern Ukraine, and now have begun a new offensive in the northern border area near Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, the Kiev government is growing desperate to prevent a major defeat and loss of up to half of the country’s territory.

So in May, Ukraine escalated the war in these dangerous ways:

  • Convinced U.S. and NATO nations to allow them to use the long- range missiles they’ve supplied to attack targets inside Russia.  This new U.S. policy is the second time this year that Biden has quietly relaxed his policy on weapons supplies for Ukraine. Earlier this year, he agreed to send long-range missiles, known as ATACMS, to Kyiv.
  • Attacked with drones and damaged three strategic early-warning radar installations deep inside Russia.  These have nothing to do  with the Ukraine War, but are critical to the Russians’ ability to detect an attack with nuclear-armed missiles by the U.S. or another nation. And it’s additionally frightening to think that the U.S. probably helped Ukraine to mount this attack!Without adequate and accurate warning, the Russians would be faced with having only minutes to decide whether to launch their missiles before they could be destroyed in a mistakenly perceived first strike. This brings the world closer to being destroyed ACCIDENTALLY by nuclear war! This is UNHEARD of up to now. Never before during the entire first Cold War has the west attacked on Russian soil.  We are moving closer to World War III than we have ever been. Sounding the alarm about this is long-time nuclear weapons and disarmament expert Ted Postol, Professor Emeritus at MIT of Science, Technology, and International Security.

It is now more urgent than ever to NEGOTIATE, not ESCALATE! We must continue building public pressure on the Biden Administration to stop arming Ukraine and to urge it to negotiate a settlement of this war before their country is fully destroyed, and possibly the whole world with it if the US/NATO and Russia enter into a direct confrontation.

The MAPA Education Fund along with Northampton’s Forbes Library is sponsoring a livestreamed public forum on Wed. June 12, 6:30pm titled: “The Ukraine War: Where Is It Heading?” Two speakers with opposing views will discuss U.S. policy, and whether it should change from continued war to a negotiated peace.  More information is here.